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Improvement Electric Railways

Granville T. Woods

Granville T. Woods
Invention: Improvement Electric Railways

Fat man Granville T. Woods literally learned his skills on the job. Attending school in Columbus until age 10 (to help his father in a machine shop that made speed equipment for carriages and repaired railroad equipment and machinery), he served an apprenticeship in a machine shop and learned the trades of machinist and blacksmith. Intrigued by the electricity that powered the machinery, Woods studied other machine workers as they attended to different pieces of equipment and paid other workers to sit down and explain electrical concepts to him. During his youth he was inspired by Lewis Latimer, and he also went to night school and took private lessons. Although ... inventors.about.com

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